Monthly Archives: December 2017

Easy ways to detox your lifestyle!

Happy (almost) New Year! I’m feeling happy that I have brought back the blog this year after not blogging really at all in 2016. I enjoy sharing information and sharing my interests so if you’re reading this I thank you for supporting me in this way! 

This year was another amazing one, when I looked back in my journal from 2 years ago I had written “goals for 2016”. This is what the list looked like:

  • Do yoga
  • meditate more
  • read
  • write
  • listen to music
  • train Anna (HA)

I will say that since writing that 2 years ago  yoga has become an integral part of my life. I don’t meditate as much as I want to but I do try to incorporate that into yoga. I read SO many books this year! Probably about one a week and that I’m really proud of. Instead of watching TV before going to bed or scrolling through my phone I read. And I also made it a habit to start writing more which I definitely have with the blog and a daily gratitude list. I don’t listen to music as much as I should….I don’t really know why. I have trouble finding new music I like. I’m just lazy I guess. AAAAAANNNDDD No Anna did not get trained (my dog). Can’t win them all.

I have a major goal for 2018 that I’ve already been working on and that is to GET OFF MY PHONE more. It’s a major addiction especially now that I’ve been using it for my Beautycounter business. I downloaded an app that tracks how long you’ve been on it and how many times you unlock is and I set a goal for 90 mins a day (including my ‘work’ time). I’ve been doing absolutely miserable with it. It’s important to me though especially now that my little one will see me on it all the time. So that’s my goal. Do you set New Years resolutions? I like to set little goals and write todo lists a lot usually weekly but in January I usually do a Whole30. You can read it about my past Whole30 experiences here and here

 

This year I decided to do a 21 Day Sugar Detox because Diane Sanfilippo is coming out with a new book which is a daily guide to the 21DSD. I’ve also done one before and you can read about it here! I have some recipes on this blog including these waffles which are a favorite! But too bad I threw out my waffle maker. it starts on January 8th so you don’t have to get yourself ready by tomorrow. 

So if anyone would like to join me in the 21DSD, you can order the book here and follow my Facebook page for updates, recipe and meal inspirations and more. I’m not going to document every day but I do plan on sharing if I make a good recipe or some other easy meal and snack ideas. 

Another great thing I have going on in the New Year is a FREE educational email series that will start TOMORROW! I will be giving simple swaps to get toxins our of your household and products you use. Sign up for my email list here and you’ll get the emails. If you’re already on the Pencils and Pancakes email list then you’re all set!  The series will focus on household items you can “clean up” to start living a healthier lifestyle. It’s completely free and will be brief and simple. So sign up now and thanks for supporting me!

Have a Happy New Year!

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Toddler friendly Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 

I’m all about hidden veggies these days…because my daughter will not touch anything green or resembling a veggie. Butternut Squash has always been a favorite of mine…and everyone loves mac n cheese!  I’m not too worried about it as I’m sure it’s completely normal but I’m trying to get some goodies into her when I can using smoothies, muffins and blended sauces with pasta. 

We focus on healthy fats, properly prepared meats and animals products but veggies are important too! I whipped up this fast and easy butternut squash mac and cheese the other day and it is legit (even for mommies and daddies!) 

Ultimately I want her to choose and eat veggies on her own

 

 

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nd plan on having her help me garden next year and learn about food and vegetables but for now, we try anything we can to get her to eat healthy!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
A creamy, cheesy, toddler approved mac and cheese the whole family will love!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb whole wheat or gluten free pasta (your choice; we used whole wheat)
  2. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  3. 1 cup purred butternut squash**
  4. 1 tbsp butter
  5. 1 tbsp flour
  6. 1/2 cup whole milk
  7. **Preparing the BN squash has to be done in advance! I peel, cut and cube a large one, boil it, puree it and keep the extra in the fridge to make another recipe or freeze.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. 1. Put pasta on to boil according to directions.
  3. 2. When pasta is almost done, in a medium saucepan, melt butter.
  4. 3. Throw your tbsp of butter in the pan and whisk immediately, forming a roux.
  5. 4. When roux is thick and bubbly, pour in milk.
  6. 5. Whisk continuously until thick; about 3 minutes.
  7. 6. Drop in cheddar cheese and stir.
  8. 7. When pasta is done, drain and place in the casserole dish you will cook it in.
  9. 8. Pour the cheese mixture over the pasta, then mix the butternut squash in. Mix well until it is incorporated.
  10. 9. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until starting to brown on top.
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Let me know if you try the recipe! Enjoy and Happy Holidays 

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